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A Tube-Deployed Expendable UAV for Atmospheric Sensing

Award Information
Agency: Department of Commerce
Branch: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Contract: 1305M219CNRMW0031
Agency Tracking Number: 18-2-040
Amount: $399,997.13
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: 8.2.13
Solicitation Number: NOAA2018-2
Solicitation Year: 2019
Award Year: 2019
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2019-06-27
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2022-06-23
Small Business Information
1410 Sachem Place, Ste 202
Charlottesville, VA 22901
United States
DUNS: 120839477
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Unavailable
Principal Investigator
 David Neal III
 Senior Research Scientist
 (434) 973-1215
Business Contact
 Connie Hoover
Title: General Manager
Phone: (434) 973-1215
Research Institution

NOAA is pursuing sustained, in-situ sensing technology to support improved atmospheric modeling of the upper ocean boundary environment, including the air-sea interface, during turbulent storms. Improved atmospheric modeling in this critical region will lead to better forecasting and support NOAA's mandate to protect property and save lives.
Small, unmanned aircraft, equipped with atmospheric sensors, can utilize powered, guided flight to perform sustained atmospheric sampling at consistent altitudes in the critical storm region. The goal of this effort is to meld a dropsonde's sensing and expendable deployment attributes with a UAV's guided flight capability. Barron Associates is proposing to develop an atmospheric-sensor UAV that, like a dropsonde, can be tube-deployed from NOAA aircraft into remote regions.

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